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That’s the Sound of Success! Australian Festival of Chamber Music Attracts Artists and Fans from All Over the World as Concerts Start to Sell Out – Orpheus Island Concert a Jewel in The Crown

May 22, 2017 Whats On No Comments Email Email

Hear that? It’s the sound of success as the internationally acclaimed Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville hangs the SOLD OUT sign over seven concerts with others selling strongly and well ahead of previous years.

Held from 28 July to 5 August, the AFCM will this year feature a world class program of concerts, collaborations, conversations and masterclasses performed by the world’s best chamber musicians in churches, theatres, gardens and on the stunning Orpheus Island. The final festival for celebrated Artistic Director Piers Lane AO, the program features rare, new & much loved repertoire across a nine-day program.

Already five of the six famed Concert Conversations with Piers Lane are sold out, as is the Sunset Series concert Phoenix Rising at Sacred Heart’s Cathedral on Thursday August 3 and the spectacular Orpheus Island event, a signature event of the AFCM that celebrates the iconic locations of Queensland and is spoken of around the world! Concert Conversations 3 on Wednesday August 2 has just three seats remaining.

Others selling well include the Opening Night concert titled Beginnings, the Governor’s Gala on Saturday July 29, the Evening Series concertsBach by Candlelight on Wednesday August 2, Viennese Masterpieces on Monday July 31, From Russia with Love on Thursday August 3, and German Romantics on Friday August 4. The Concert Crawl, a special music event held over two locations on Sunday July 30 is also a strong seller this year.   

Festival Executive Director Justin Ankus said overall tickets sales, Gold and Silver Passes and holiday packages were tracking ahead of last year. “We are thrilled with Festival sales, the interest in Gold and Silver Passes and in the holiday packages, which brings with it a great impact for Townsville and the local region,” he said. “Many of our visiting artists are holidaying either before or after the Festival proper, and of course, our ticket holders always take advantage of our incredible warm winter here in North Queensland. It’s going to be a wonderful send-off for Piers Lane and a terrific welcome for Artistic Director designate Kathryn Stott,” he said.

“It’s a great position to be in and we urge fans of the Festival to buy their tickets now.”

A lineup of 42 extraordinary artists will perform at the event, including 13 from overseas, and three leading Australian ensembles in the Goldner String Quartet, Orava Quartet (Strings) and the Nexus Quartet (Saxophone). Four international artists will make their Australian debut at the 27thAFCM including Poul Høxbro (Flutes and Percussion) from Denmark, Italy’s Francesca Dego (Violin), Henk Neven (Baritone) from the Netherlands, and from the United Kingdom, Martin Owen (Horn).

Piers Lane said the 2017 program covered a wider range of music than ever before, with his signature of juxtaposing much-loved repertoire with rare and new works peppered throughout the nine days.

Poul Høxbro will be playing medieval music on the one hand, and on the other, we shall be mounting the world premiere of a new work for string quartet by our Composer-in-Residence for 2017, Sydney-based composer Matthew Hindson, to be played by the Goldners, our Quartet-in-Residence,” he said. “We shall glory in Bach one day and be uplifted by Jake Heggie’s Pieces 9/11 the next. We shall again take the opportunity for a boat trip to Orpheus Island to view whales and stunning mid-Winter sunsets, and support and celebrate the young artists of the Winterschool on other days.”

Premier and Minister for the Arts Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Australian Festival of Chamber Music (AFCM) was a wonderful nine-day celebration of classical music that brought internationally acclaimed classical musicians, artists and music lovers from across the globe to Townsville.

“The Queensland Government is a proud supporter of the Festival, which is now in its 27th year. The Festival has established a solid international reputation as a result of its distinctive blend of chamber music, programming and experiences, all set against the natural beauty of Townsville in North Queensland.”

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